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Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Pediatric Client (Minneapolis)

Hudson, WI (Minneapolis)
Oct 13-14, 2018
Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI
16.0 hrs
Price (per unit)
Cancellation Policy

Host Facility

st croix therapy aquatic center

St. Croix Therapy
742 Sterbenz Dr
Hudson, WI 54016

mn aquatic therapy campus

This class is being hosted by our MN campus affiliate, North Star Aquatic Therapy, LLC, of Minneapolis, MN. By clicking the Add To Cart button, you will be redirected to the North Star checkout page to make your purchase with them. Please review their cancelation and other policies carefully before purchasing.



Many insurers are beginning to deny aquatic therapy for the pediatric client, in part, because clinicians do not understand how to make the case for aquatics. Stop extolling the virtues of aquatic therapy for the pediatric client… without providing tangible evidence-based support.


Leave this dynamic course understanding how, when, where and under what circumstances to provide aquatic therapy… and how to justify that choice to the world. Don’t just understand the science; be able to perform the EBAT treatments on Monday morning. Course includes information designed to help parents and caregivers incorporate water-based interventions into daily life.  Includes “turn key” inservice and marketing materials to help expand your caseload.


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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 


1.       List the indications and precautions in the use of Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI), Watsu®, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, aquatic adaptations of balance tests, flow-through mat work, games, and functional skills training for the pediatric patient populations. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles behind each aquatic therapy treatment approach (lecture, lab)



2.       Understand the unique benefits of the aquatic environment, and use aquatic therapy techniques to increase strength, improve ROM, improve oral motor skills, normalize sensory input (vestibular, visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive), normalize tone, improve head and trunk righting, encourage play, verbalization and social interaction, improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception, normalize transitional movements (lab)


3.       Create a cohesive evidence-based argument supporting the use of aquatic therapy for the pediatric patient. Make appropriate aquatic therapy treatment choices (using the APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice as a springboard) (lecture, lab)


4.       Be able to locate and summarize evidence-based research to further address why aquatic therapy could be appropriate. Create supportive bibliographies using the Aquatic Health Research Database of over 8,000 articles related to aquatic therapy (lecture)


5.       Understand in what situations group therapy is appropriate. Understand supervision requirements for aquatic therapy. Understand the need to transition aquatic therapy to land based therapy (lecture)


6.       Perform a pediatric inservice for rehab staff or a referring physician using “turn key” aquatic inservice modules provided in class (land lab)


7.       Populate websites, brochures and onsite bulletin boards using “turn key” aquatic evidence-based marketing modules provided in class (land lab)


8.       Discuss the differing documentation needs of interested parties: physicians, payers and patients. Use documentation to justify providing intervention in an aquatic environment (lecture)


9.       Working with a partner, design and implement an evidence-based aquatic progression for 1-2 of the following:


·         Non-progressive neurological disorder (e.g. cerebral palsy)

·         Progressive neurological disorder (e.g. muscular dystrophy, SMA)

·         Pervasive developmental disorder (e.g. autism, Rett Syndrome)

·         Failure-to-thrive and developmental delay

·         Mental retardation

·         Trauma (lab)





Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-12:00 Lecture (with 15 min energy break at 10:30)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:45 Pool lab (with 15 min energy break at 3:00 and 5:15)

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture (with 15 min energy break at 10:30)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:45 Pool lab (with 15 min energy break at 3:00 and 5:15)
5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and questions



Kathleen "Kiki" Dickinson, MPT
Tracks: Pediatric/ Neuro/ Speech 

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Over the last several years her clinic has expanded and developed aquatic therapy programs for adult neuro and ortho populations with an emphasis on individuals with chronic pain and more medically complicated clients.


Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has 19 years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population.

For over ten years, Kiki has devoted one day per week in the SNF/TCU setting working with the geriatric and general debilitation population. Her caseload featured a high concentration of patients with psychological issues, including schizophrenia, and a full unit of patients on ventilators. Kiki has over 15 years of on call experience in a high-level acute care setting, with both pediatric and adult patients (University of Minnesota Hospital).


Kiki is certified in the Universal Exercise Unit/Therasuit Method and Craniosacral Therapy. She has been an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over ten years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Kiki helped develop ATU's novel "Aquatic Therapy for the Speech Therapist" class in 2010. This first-of-its-kind class combined a positioning lab (taught by PT) with a speech & language skills (taught by a SLP). It appears to be the first class to be granted ASHA CEU credits. Kiki teaches custom seminars across the USA for Aquatic Therapy University with an emphasis on the neuro pediatric and adult populations.

 About ATU Training

    Our classes are taught by board-certified therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.
    Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.
    Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.


This is a 700 series class (teaches Basic-Intermediate skills). This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in all Tracks.

Official ATU Hotel Sponsor:

Hudson Holiday Inn Express

Comfort Suites
2620 Center Drive
Hudson, WI 54016

Free breakfast/Free WiFi/$75 (ask for Hudson Hosp rate)



Lunch: Provided
Energy breaks: Provided
Water: Provdied


Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl (MSP)


Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.

Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.

Cancellation of Class by Student:  A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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